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execfile and import not working

On 06.09.2017 10:52, Peter Otten wrote:
> Friedrich Rentsch wrote:
>> Hi, I am setting up Python 2.7 after an upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04, a
>> thorough one, leaving no survivors. Everything is fine, IDLE opens,
>> ready to go. Alas, execfile and import commands don't do my bidding, but
>> hang IDLE. All I can do is kill the process named "python" from a bash
>> terminal. IDLE then is still open, says "=== RESTART: Shell ===" and is
>> again ready for action. It works interactively, but no imports . . .
>> What could be the problem?
> Close idle completely (or kill the idle process), then start it from the
> command line, with an empty PYTHONPATH variable and from an empty directory.
> $ killall idle
> idle: no process found
> $ mkdir empty
> $ cd empty
> $ PYTHONPATH= idle
> Does the problem persist?
No, it doesn't. It's okay this way. Can you advise me how to set up the